Six years after Megi Morishita, MD
, came to Newport for what she expected to be a two-month stint, she’s found home in a coastal community she loves.
“I came out here to help out with OB coverage for a couple months and I loved it,” she explains. “I was drawn to Oregon because of the rivers and my passion for whitewater kayaking, but it’s the community, the hospital and staff that have made Newport a wonderful home for me.”
Dr. Morishita is one of three OB/GYNs at Samaritan Pacific Women’s Health Group
in Newport, a community on the Oregon Coast with a population of approximately 10,000. She chose to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology after numerous women’s health issues impacted her life – especially those she encountered while providing health care around the world in countries such as Vietnam, El Salvador, Ghana and Pakistan.
“I always knew I wanted to work in a smaller community where I can truly make a difference,” she says. “It is rewarding to practice in a community where you know your patients and they know you.”
And while she enjoys the benefits of her small community, she says she’s proud of the big-city medicine she and her colleagues provide.
“I did my residency at a large metropolitan hospital and our hospital here can offer many of the same state-of-the-art procedures such as laparoscopy,” says Dr. Morishita. “We were just recently ranked one of the top Critical Access Hospitals in the state and I’m really proud of what we are doing. Our nurses also bring a lot of experience with them, as well as the compassion and caring that comes naturally when the patients you care for are also your neighbors.”
Dr. Morishita has specific interests in laparoscopic surgery and obstetrics, which she performs at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
In addition to her medical work, which has included memberships on numerous committees and a Chief-of-Staff role, Dr. Morishita also enjoys her days off in Newport.
“There is a lot to do here,” she says. “The Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Performing Arts Center attract a lot of people, and the fishing and tourism combine for great local culture and fantastic restaurants. There is also great mountain- and road-biking in Newport. I kayaked 51 new rivers during my first year in Oregon – and I’ve got many more to see.”